Even in the first chapter of Genesis, the Spirit of God is represented as the source of all intelligence, order and life in the created universe; and in the following books of the Old Testament He is represented as inspiring the prophets, giving wisdom, strength and goodness to statesmen and warriors, and to the people of God.  This Spirit is not an agency but an agent, Who teaches and selects; Who can be sinned against and grieved; and Who in the New Testament is unmistakably revealed as a distinct person.  When John the Baptist appeared, we find him speaking of the Holy Spirit as of a person with Whom his countrymen were familiar, as an object of Divine worship and the giver of saving blessings.  Our divine Lord also takes this truth for granted, and promised to send the Spirit as a Paraclete, to take His place, to instruct, comfort and strengthen them; Whom they were to receive and obey.  Thus, without any violent transition, the earliest revelations of this mystery were gradually unfolded, until the triune God, Father, Son, and Spirit, appears in the New Testament as the universally recognized God of all believers.hodge-charles_3_detail

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